Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Gossiping the Good News


Today's post is for the final March Challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and we are being sponsored by Crafty Individuals, a British firm that makes the most delightful red rubber stamps.  
I have used the ducks from the Favourite Ducks  set. 

I die cut the printed verse (available free at Word Art Wednesday) with a circle die and lightly sponged the edge with green ink, then mounted it onto a green scalloped circle. It was mounted on the base with foam tape to give some dimension. 

I stamped the ducks in grey ink, and coloured just their beaks and feet, then fussy cut them and adhered them to one side of the verse

The front of the card was finished with some scored lines across the top, and a trimming of deep gold paper across the bottom - to both sets of lines, and on the verse panel,  I added some small gold rhinestones

Monday, March 28, 2022

Marbled Background Birthday


I have had two "play days" recently - the first one was using alcohol inks on shaving foam, and the background on this card is one of those

The focal point image was a freebie that Shery from STAMPlorations sent in an order - it is from the Colorables and Ephemera collection

The sentiment is a Magazine Freebie, stamped with Versamark ink and Chestnut die ink, and clear embossed, hand cut and mounted over a snippet of the paper I had used in the die cut behind the ephemera

This die cut behind the focal point was unmarked (still using my friends gear) , but made an point of interest without 'killing' the ephemera.
A few rhinestones completed the from panel.

The inside was decorated using the trimming from the background panel.

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Something Different


As my friend is starting to feel much better, we have had a couple of hours making backgrounds this past week.  
The first one was using alcohol ink on shaving creme, and taking prints from that - there were three of us 'playing' that morning, and every print was different, but they all had a distinctly 'marbled' look to them.
The next idea was to use Brusho's on shaving creme!! That gave a totally different result!!

As the Brusho's did not immediately spread, we used four spritzes of water to start to activate them

These next three backgrounds were from the same start, showing the progression of colours and also some swishing of the brusho's/shaving creme mix

We found we had to rub the back of the card well into the mix to get a better transfer of colour

On these next two I think I started with more water sprayed over the mix

If you don't press well, or if you have swished the mix and not smoothed it over, you get some white patches, which add to the interest.

We used the cheapest shaving creme available at the supermarket, and plain white, medium weight card for our play time.
Then we spread the final coloured creme onto the scrap paper we had been using for some paper backgrounds.... 

This is me, having great fun finger painting with the mixed up remnants of the coloured creme!
After which I had to clean up!

Hope you have enjoyed this photo heavy post, sharing a fun morning and a variation on a technique. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Woodgrain Background


This month's Challenge in my small swap group was to create a woodgrain background - something I have not previously done.
I am still with my friend, so I will say now that I have no idea of the brand of some of the supplies I used..

I started by scoring my background, then smearing PVA glue over it with my finger.
Once dry, I dragged Jamestown Blue, Weathered Wood and Chestnut inks down it

I die cut the floral spray and greeting from dark brown and then peach coloured card and offset them

I added the snippets of turquoise card in opposite corners of the main panel, then angled it over the peach layer, which was in turn angled over the dark brown base .
The final touch were the turquoise gems added to the centre of the flowers (see the main photo)

The inside was finished with a couple more snippets.

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Monday, March 21, 2022

A Mermaid on her Rock

And a warm welcome to my newest follower, Mary Smith - I cannot find if you have a blog Mary, please contact me if you do so I can visit you. :)

This card was made for a great grand daughter who loves pink and mermaids.  As I only have one mermaid stamp, that I used last year, I looked up clip art online and Mr G provided me with this beautiful pink toned image!

I used some paper from Recollections Rainbow Inks collection for the background.

I seated her on a 'rock' created from a kraft card die cut circle, and stamped with a Lavinia 'rocks' stamp, after liberally coating her tail with Wink of Stella.

The sentiment was gold embossed on the water, which was created by a die cut circle cut in half with some fancy scissors, and then overlapped across the base of the card.

The inside of the card was finished with a strip of the patterned paper over some washi tape.  

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Friday, March 18, 2022

Sunflower Prayers


I made this card as a show of my support for Ukraine

The sunflower image is a freebie from Power Poppy , and coloured with my Polychromo pencils

The thread is some very old glittery gold, shared by my friend.
I tied it with a simple knot.

The sentiment is part of a freebie set by La La Land Crafts , called Sunflower Frenchie 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Gold Cogs and Grunge

A special welcome to Becca Sadler of  Becca's Heart for Creativity, my newest follower

This card is for the challenge starting today at Word Art Wednesday , which is being sponsored by 
D.R.S Designs, who are providing the winner with a $20 voucher to their store.

I started the card by tearing around the scripture (which is available free on the Word Art Wednesday Blog) and brushing on some Memento Golden Glow ink.
which was layered over some paper from the Dark Inks collection by Recollections. 

 I gold embossed the edges of the paper  The paper itself has some gold on it, which unfortunately shows as black in the photos.

I then embossed the edges of the Cranberry cardstock base with gold and added some gold cogs over the edges of the feature panel at either end.

The inside of the card was finished with a narrow strip of gold Washi tape.

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Monday, March 14, 2022



I was inspired to make this card from a magazine I bought recently
 - all the freebie stamps and stencils had a bee theme to them.
I will admit to starting with a different plan in mind, but this is what eventuated!

I loved this sentiment, so decided to go with a non-occasion card...

I cut the  hexagon die from a snippet, and stamped the honey comb with Scattered Straw DI, and the lightly brushed with  mustard Seed DI,  and layered it over some more snippets of card to give some subtle dimension. The edges were accentuated with the same inks. 

 The bee was stamped on another snippet with black ink, and the stripes coloured with a marker.  I over-stamped the wings with Electric Black, but the gold in the ink didn't show up much...

So I added Crystal Kindy Glitz to get some shimmer and sheen.  After I had assembled the card I added the three Amber Rhinestones for bling

The inside was finished with some gold patterned Washi tape.

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(Keep it Simple)

Friday, March 11, 2022

You're Gold err, Old


I have an older brother, and sometimes I get 'stuck' for an idea for his birthday card. 
When I saw this one, by Marilyn at One Stamping Fool,  inspiration struck!!
I adapted the card to the recipient (a retired mechanic).He  has received it and thoroughly appreciated it!

I am still with my friend, so I used her supplies.  As she does not blog, she does not add the names of brands to her supplies as she stores them, so the only thing I know is that the ink I used is 
Stamp it Jamestown Blue, which I used for both the stencilled background, and the card base.

I die cut the old truck twice - once from a shiny bronze paper, and once from some card I had coloured with copper brushos, spread with my finger once wet. These I adhered slightly off set, and then placed onto the washi tape 'road'.

I die cut the letters from the bronze paper, and then coloured some white card with black ink, then a layer of Memento Lightening Black, which gives a gold overtone ... it is just visible in the photo.

I used some washi tape for the sentiment inside.

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